Women In Business Archives

Big crowd honors Arizona’s Most Influential Women


A crowd of nearly 500 people packed Chateau Luxe in Phoenix Thursday night to honor Az Business and AZRE magazines’ Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. “The Most Influential Women issue of both magazines is easily our most popular issue of the year,”said AZ Big Media  Publisher Cheryl Green. “This year, we had more than 2,000 women… Read More →

Lynne King Smith is the Valley’s ticket queen

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In 2010, Brad Smith did what a lot of entrepreneurs cannot do: he made his wife CEO of TicketForce, the Mesa-based company the couple co-founded in 2003. “He felt that my planning and forecasting skills were what we needed to take the company to the next level,” said Lynne King Smith. The move worked. Over… Read More →

Patricia Rourke: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Patricia Rourke, market president, Bankers Trust Rourke began her banking career in Iowa. She joined Bankers Trust in 1983, and moved to Arizona in 2007 to serve as Phoenix market president. Greatest accomplishment: “Growing the Bankers Trust brand and learning a completely new market has been my greatest accomplishment.” Childhood aspiration: “Growing up I planned to… Read More →

Suzanne Pfister: Most Influential Women


Suzanne Pfister, president and CEO, St. Luke’s Health Initiative Pfister led programs in state and regional government, was a partner in two small businesses, served as an executive at Dignity Health and now heads SLHI’s $120 million public foundation. Greatest accomplishment: “Continuing the legacy of service that my family started four generations ago in Arizona.” Childhood… Read More →

Susan Pepin: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Susan Pepin, MD, president and CEO, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Pepin is a nationally recognized medical educator, clinician and researcher. She joined Piper Trust as president and CEO in July. Prior to joining the Trust, Dr. Pepin served as associate dean for diversity and inclusion and associate professor of surgery and pediatrics at Geisel School… Read More →

UMB Bank promotes Ashley Hawkins in Phoenix

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UMB Bank, n.a., a subsidiary of UMB Financial Corporation, has announced that it has promoted Ashley Hawkins to client relationship manager in Phoenix. In her new role, Hawkins is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with clients and leading the bank’s consumer sales efforts. Hawkins has more than five years of experience in the financial… Read More →

Christine Nowaczyk: Most Influential Women


Christine Nowaczyk, senior vice president, Bank of Arizona Nowaczyk earned the 2015 Meritorious Service Award from the Association for Corporate Growth, which is the highest honor ACG bestows on its members. Greatest accomplishment: “Having contributed to the success of Bank of Arizona by building a strong team with a solid reputation and the privilege of serving… Read More →

Annette G. Musa: Most Influential Women in Arizona


Annette G. Musa, Arizona market president, Comerica Bank Musa is market president and regional manager for Comerica’s wealth management business. She also leads Comerica’s Arizona Management Council. Musa has more than 30 years of wealth management experience, 25 of those in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area. In 2014, she was named “Woman of the Year” by the… Read More →

Harriet Mountcastle-Walsh: Most Influential Women


Harriet Mountcastle-Walsh, vice president and general counsel, Honeywell Aerospace Mountcastle-Walsh leads 280 legal, contracts and compliance professionals who provide transactional support for $130 billion in program wins. Greatest accomplishment: “Building a high performing, diverse global team with employees in 11 countries.” Childhood aspiration: “I always wanted to be a lawyer, but loved running a family-owned fruit… Read More →

MaryAnn Miller: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


MaryAnn Miller, senior vice president, Avnet Miller is responsible for leading Avnet’s global human resources and organizational development, as well as corporate communications and its strategic alignment to Avnet’s initiatives. Significant accomplishment: Miller was named among the National Diversity Council’s 2015 Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology. It is the second consecutive year Miller has… Read More →

Dion Messer: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Dion Messer, general counsel — intellectual property, Limelight Networks Messer is an experienced IP professional, winning litigation and taking Limelight from just two issued patents to more than 120. She owned her own successful software training company and is renowned as a digital signal processing engineer with nine patents. Greatest accomplishment: “Winning Limelight’s U.S. Supreme Court… Read More →

Rose Megian: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Rose Megian, president and CEO, Health Net of Arizona Greatest accomplishment: “Becoming a CEO of a company. Health Net of Arizona is committed to making health care work, and I am proud to lead a company that helps make that happen for consumers every day.” Childhood aspiration: “A business woman. I would walk around in my… Read More →

Tammy McLeod: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Tammy McLeod, vice president, energy resource management, APS In her current role, McLeod directs a $2 billion fuel and purchased power budget, drives APS’ energy marketing and trading operations, energy resource planning and procurement and the construction and operations of utility-owned solar projects. Significant accomplishment: McLeod earned a 2014 Athena Award, which honors Valley businesswomen for… Read More →

Erica McGinnis: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Erica McGinnis, president and CEO, AIG Advisor Group McGinnis leads Advisor Group, which has 5,400 investment advisers among its four broker-dealers — Royal Alliance Associates, Woodbury Financial Services, FSC Securities Corp. and SagePoint Financial. Overcoming barriers: “It’s an aspiration to have a 50-50 male-to-female ratio of advisers. I started in the business 20 years ago, and… Read More →